The Challenges of Globalisation
As part of the University's 10th anniversary public lecture series, Sir Sebastian Wood KCMG, Britain's Ambassador to China, will talk about the challenges of globalisation.
Sir Sebastian officially took office in January 2010. While this is his first ambassadorial appointment, he has held a succession of other senior appointments with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), some with a strong China focus.
Sir Sebastian learnt Mandarin at the beginning of the 90s, before serving in the Joint Liaison Group in the run-up to the handover of Hong Kong. His other Chinese-related work also included a posting in Washington following US foreign policy in Asia and latterly he was the FCO's Asia-Pacific Director before secondment to Rolls Royce.
He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2014.
Sir Sebastian is married and has four children. He is interested in music, photography and walking.